Report: Islamic State killed at least 128 people in Syrian town

At least 83 people were killed in the 48 hours before the Syrian army retook the town.

By REUTERS
October 23, 2017 13:28
Syria Homs

Homs, Syria. (photo credit: JONATHAN SPYER)

 
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BEIRUT - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that ISIS killed at least 128 people in a Syrian town in central Homs over a three-week period before the Syrian army recaptured it on Saturday.

There was no immediate comment from Syrian government officials or state media on the report by the Observatory, a Britain-based war monitor.

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Syrian troops and allied forces regained control of al-Qaryatayn town "after eliminating terrorist Daesh (ISIS) groups that had infiltrated it," state media said on Saturday.

Earlier this month, the Observatory said ISIS fighters had seized the town from government forces, part of a counter-attack by the jihadists who have come under intense pressure in eastern Syria.

At least 83 people were killed in the 48 hours before the Syrian army retook the town, the war monitor said, adding that ISIS had accused the civilians of being "agents of the regime."

The town lies nearly 300 km (190 miles) from Deir al-Zor city in the east, the current focus of the government offensive, with Russian jets and Iran-backed militias, against ISIS.

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